Friday, September 11, 2009

Crazy days

Things have been so busy that I have been neglecting my blog and online shop. We got very short notice about a festival that is coming up, the opening is on the 19th and then again from the 24th to the 30th. Gee there is so much to be done and added to this my father wrote a book and we had the launch last night and I am pleased to say that it was a great success. We have many orders to get out as soon as the book gets here because as usual Murphy was busy and the books will arrive a day late.
Getting back to the festival, I am making polymer clay charms at the moment but have to finish them this weekend in order to make some jewellery for the market too. We are going to sell loose beads, charms and buttons and also made up jewellery, keyrings, bag charms, cellphone charms, earrings etc.
Anyhow I had better get back to work........

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Power tools?

I was a bit unsure but I had heard all these wonderful stories about the shine that the buffer would give the polymer clay beads. I went out to buy one on Wednesday and nearly fainted when the salesman told me how much it was - eeep - could I really afford to spend that amount on this thing? What if I was dissapointed? What if I kick myself in the b**t because I have wasted money again?
Well I got the contraption home and only unpacked it on Thursday. It smelt like oil and tools - not the kind of aroma that I enjoy. I got a bead out and buffed it and the shine was 1000 times better than I ever expected - it is amazing. Now I am kicking myself in the b**t because I did not buy it a long time ago. LOL

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Who wants them?

I have had 9 sales in my shop. My 10th and 11th customers will receive a pair of these earrings FREE.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It nearly drove me crazy - aarrrggg

Have you ever made a necklace or any item that looks so gorgeous in real life and yet when you try to photograph it for your web page it just does not come out right.
This necklace nearly drove me nuts.
I tried different colors - different light - on my skin (not my favorite way at all) - but nothing wanted to work so I listed it on Etsy with the ugly photos and naturally it got hardly any views.
Eventually my dad read the instruction manual for the camera (now who would have thought of that ha ha ha ha) and he found the solution and we got a great photo. Posted that one on Etsy too and Yay - the views went up. Just goes to show - if you product is gorgeous and the photos are bad - no-one will even look at it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Oops - its getting closer to the busy season

It happens every year - I promise myself that I am going to prepare for the holiday season by making sure that there are a lot of items in stock. Every year time flies and when everyone else is on holiday this house is crazy. Truly hoping that this year will be different LOL.
More of a variety of things will be available this - buttons, loose beads, charms and miniatures so that more people may find something they would like to have (spend their hard earned cash on.)
Well I am planning to do this - we will just have to wait and see how it turns out.......

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mimi 1989 to 9 August 2009

So gorgeous
Originally uploaded by Mimi's Bead Studio
It was the beginning of summer in 1998 when 4 cats arrived at my house. 3 of them were only boarding with me for a few weeks and the 4th one had just come to live in her forever home.
That was when I first met Mimi - a little girl that would climb into my heart. Those first few weeks were a bit trying because Mimi had to share a strange house with Meow meow - a very old black cat who was the boss of all, Whiskey - a sweet Siamese who ignored Mimi and Fluffy - a very small cat with a short tail and her and Mimi did not like each other at all - phew it was tough at times.
The 3 cats went to their home when it was ready and Mimi changed into the most adorable and friendly girl. She was independent yet loving at the same time. She had a new enemy to fight with - a very sweet little Siamese who belonged to a neighbor. We moved into a new house and Mimi became an indoor cat. She loved going for a drive in the car and would happily sit on the seat next to me - never trying to get on my lap - as if she knew that was not a good thing.
As she got older she became more and more attached to me. She did not like to be away from me for too long.
She got arthritis and then later on she started losing her sight too but all the while she was the same adorable and loving cat.
My heart is broken after losing her but I remember all the joy and laughter that she brought and all the unconditional love that she gave. I will always remember her with a smile and a heart filled with love. A friend from Myspace made the angel picture for Mimi - Thanks Catladyinflorida!!
Rest in peace my darling Mimi.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Time for something different

I was in the mood for doing something different today. Yesterday when I went shopping I bought Fireline and decided to use it to sew crystals onto hair combs. I am really pleased with the results. I hope that my customers will like them too.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Burchell's Coucal

This guy was sitting on our neighbours roof calling away. They have a nest in the trees in the neighbours yard and we hear them calling so often but rarely see them so this was a wonderful opportunity to get a picture.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Today was quite busy

I slept a bit later than usual this morning knowing that when I did get up I was going to finish packing up the teapots to send them off in the post tomorrow. I sat down at the computer to have a look at a few things and suprise suprise - a sale came through from my Etsy shop. I was so pleased, I had just started feeling unloved and unwanted - so the sale made me feel better LOL.
Now I have a necklace going to New York - exciting.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I have made some progress

I managed to get going at last. The teapots look so cute, I want to keep them all. I love little flowers so most of them have little flowers. There are a few with dots and leaves - can not put flowers on everything, I suppose. I am hoping to get them varnished on saturday afternoon and they should be ready to be sent off to their new home on monday.

Monday, July 27, 2009

I get to play with clay

I am thrilled - I got an order for 15 teapots. I have free reign over the colours too which is rather nice. I love any excuse to get the clay out and make beads and charms. The only problem then is that I have a difficult time packing it all away again so that I can make jewellery with other beads. We have a craft market coming up this weekend so I will have to make a few more items before friday. Winter is so quiet at the markets that it is hardly worth all the effort of loading the car and leaving early in the freezing cold morning air - I am not looking forward to it - can you tell?

Friday, July 24, 2009

I wanted to use shells and pearls

Today I decided that I wanted to make something with shells and pearls in shades of brown. I ended up with a bracelet similar to one that I have made before - its and oldie but a goody!

I made this necklace a few days ago and I love it. There is nothing quite as elegant and beautiful as crystals and pearls from Swarovski .

It is such a pity that I have to part with my creations but I could never wear everything anyway and it gives me such a great feeling when someone else is willing to part with their hard earned money to buy something that I have made.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Where did the day go?

This morning when I woke up I had planned to make a really beautiful necklace full of crystals and bling. Now it is 8 pm and no necklace! I rushed off to post a parcel - took Mimi to the vet - went to the bank - had lunch - went to the shop - got stuff sorted out online and then it was dark already. Phew -
Mimi got a catnip toy and it really brought the kitten out in the old lady - she was rolling around on the floor and drooling - it was so cute. Well maybe after a good nights sleep I will get the necklace made tomorrow.....mmm - we will see.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Etsy Shop

I have been so busy getting the shop ready. It has been so exciting and a bit scary at the same time. I am sure that it will get easier as I go along.

Monday, July 13, 2009

How it all started

It all started out very innocently. A friend, who I had not seen for many years came to visit and she brought a gift for me. It was a keyring that she had made herself and it had the most beautiful focal bead that I had ever seen. Well that was the beginning of the bead obsession. I went off to the bead shops and saw what I had been missing and as is usual with me - I did not want one I wanted many!!!
I started selling the necklaces simply so that I could make more!
Last year I discovered Polymer clay and a new monster was unleashed. I love working with the clay. Naturally when I look back at the beads that I made in the beginning I can not believe that I was so pleased with them - now they are so ugly. Oh well - more fun to be had... so off I go.

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